Turkey’s SHE PAST AWAY Releases “DISKO ANKSIYETE”… Sold Out Shows in Brooklyn, Austin and LA!

Turkey’s Darkwave / Post-Punk Band
Reaches For the U.S. with DISKO ANKSIYETE

Album Out May 31, 2019

Touring the U.S. in July with Three SOLD OUT Shows
in Brooklyn, Austin and Los Angeles

Photo credit: Marilia Fotopoulou
“We harvest styles. Wave, Post-Punk, Rockabilly, Industrial, EBM and many more. In short we like to call it Dark Wave,” says Doruk Ozturkcan of SHE PAST AWAY. With their U.S. debut DISKO ANKSIYETE out this Friday, May 31, 2019 via Metropolis Records, the Turkey-based band are coming to the U.S. on a mountain of buzz. With three of their six Stateside shows sold out far in advance (tour dates below), it seems like She Past Away is riding the next Post-Punk wave.

With influences ranging from Post-Punk and the Cold Wave of the early 80s, adding touches of New Order and Joy Division to The Sisters of Mercy and Killing Joke, She Past Away’s black-clad pastiche also artfully incorporates touches of Grauzone and D.A.F., spun into a new and innovative direction, coupled with an exotic Turkish twist. Lyrically sung in their native tongue, they create an otherworldly swirl of minor chords and midnight dance beats that is undeniably primal. “The only language that you really ‘feel’ is your mother tongue,” Doruk explains. “We believe that we definitely better express all the difficulties of the daily life in Turkish.”

Tour dates:

July 17 Brooklyn Bazaar Brooklyn, New York ** SOLD OUT **
July 19 Crowbar Tampa, FL
July 20 Elysium Austin Austin, TX ** SOLD OUT **
July 26  Brick By Brick San Diego, CA
July 27  Neck of the Woods San Francisco, CA
July 28  Echoplex Los Angeles, CA ** SOLD OUT **
Forgoing the simplicity and traditionalism of standard issue dark rock and adopting a more avant-garde sort of sensibility, the duo of Volkan Caner, a uniquely gifted musician, and Doruk Ozturkcan, a charismatic and talented producer, channel their influences to concoct a new take on modern gloom.  Setting the tone and landscape with the instrumental pastiche of “Bosluk (Intro)”, DISKO ANKSIYETE is an exploration of the dark and mysterious soul, where the strange accidents of fate find through these songs their way to our hearts and to the dance-floor.

Transcending language and borders, the feeling of solitude and isolation permeates throughout the album. “Durdu Dünya” (loosely translated: “Stopped World”) and the swirling “Ağıt”(“Lament”) carry so much emotional intensity while “Renksiz” (“Colorless”) and its dance beats carry the punch. The first single and title track “Disko Anksiyete” features elements of 80’s New Wave and Post-Punk guitars, accompanied by retro drum machine beats.  Translated as “Disco Anxiety”, it’s a song about “that awkward dance floor experience,” Volkan explains.  (Lyrics: “Kick in my heart (kick is the drum) / My soul is pierced / I am numb all over / My body trembling / I surrender / Shapeless shadows / Dance around me / Disco anxiety”).

track listing

1. Bosluk (Intro)
2. Durdu Dunya
3. Disko Anksiyete
4. Izole
5. La Maldad
6. Renksiz
7. Sonbahar
8. Girdap
9. Yukseliyor Deniz
10 Agit

Drafting songs in 2006, Volkan began germinating what would become She Past Away in 2009 and released the digital-only debut EP “Kasvetli Kutlama” (“Gloomy Celebration”) in 2010. 2012 saw the release of Belirdi Gece (“The Night Emerged”) and almost immediately, She Past Away earned praised in numerous reviews, filled clubs across the world and, on the success of this album, gained a legendary status in the contemporary Dark Wave, Gothic and Post-Punk scene.  The success of the debut was followed by Narin Yalnızlık in 2015 on which the band captured a feeling of delicate loneliness.

“For those who wonder, the misspelling of our band name was intentional,” laughs Doruk. “We like to keep this a secret.”  Whether their secret stays that way remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure. Turkey’s best kept secret won’t be.

She Past Away is Volkan Caner and Doruk Ozturkcan. DISKO ANKSIYETE will be released on May 31, 2019 via Metropolis Records.

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